by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Che del ciel, che degli dei
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Che del ciel, che degli dei
tu il pensier, l'amor tu sei,
grand'eroe, nel giro angusto
si mostrò di questo dì.
Ma cagion di meraviglia
non è già, felice Augusto,
che gli dei chi lor somiglia
custodiscano così.

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Great hero, you are the first thought
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Great hero, you are the first thought
and love of the gods in heaven,
as today's narrow twist of fate
has shown us all.

It is no wonder, however,
o happy Augustus,
that the gods whom you so resemble
watch over you like this.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-01-14
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Word count: 44